10:09am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'The Americans' Star Annet Mahendru Joins 'Tyrant'
Annet Mahendru has already found her next role.
The Americans actress will join the third season of FX’s Middle Eastern drama Tyrant. Mahendru will play Nafisa Al-Qadi, the wife of Sheik Al-Qadi, the spiritual and political leader of Ma’an who is caught between the violent tactics of the Caliphate and his distrust of the Al-Fayeeds. She is more politically hardline than her husband, and she also happens to be the sister of a high-ranking Caliphate sympathizer.
Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Adam Rayner stars as Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed, the youngest son of a war-torn country’s controversial dictator who returns to his homeland after a self-imposed 20-year exile in America only to be forced back into the treacherous familial and national politics of his youth. The series' executive producers include Howard Gordon, Chris Keyser, Gideon Raff and Avi Nir.
For Mahendru, the new part comes after she was written off FX spy drama The Americans starring Matthew Rhys and Kerri Russell after four seasons on the show. She has also appeared on 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and The Blacklist.